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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$9,061,823--3,003--$3,018$9,061,8231Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$5,515,954--3,402--$1,621$5,515,9541Weinstein / Dimension
3Evil Dead$3,196,076137%3,0250$1,057$35,237,8582Sony / TriStar
4The Croods$3,052,976212%3,689-190$828$132,377,0464Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,926,055142%3,535-199$828$94,551,7533Paramount
6Jurassic Park 3D$2,444,640132%2,7787$880$25,553,8052Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$2,043,260142%2,935-124$696$76,650,0744FilmDistrict
8Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,371,174150%1,805-242$760$42,293,1703Lionsgate
9Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,236,198154%2,504-401$494$215,757,6106Disney
10The Host (2013)$748,011115%2,172-1030$344$21,793,4713Open Road
11The Call$568,564103%1,630-372$349$47,190,6575Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$1,210,7271553%514484$2,356$2,584,9063Focus
2Trance$286,5712485%438434$654$461,1792Fox Searchlight
3Admission$274,90770%909-498$302$16,192,8614Focus
4Identity Thief$155,085154%564-157$275$131,635,92510Universal
5Spring Breakers$127,4074%426-646$299$13,276,3945A24
6Silver Linings Playbook$118,523128%451-73$263$130,043,69522Weinstein Company
7Jack the Giant Slayer$85,015111%331-171$257$62,720,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
8Warm Bodies$66,113174%279-8$237$65,742,07911Lionsgate / Summit
9Life of Pi$64,315131%217-52$296$124,106,41121Fox
10Quartet$62,16864%224-28$278$17,413,08314Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$59,306147%277-83$214$70,482,9379Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,87713%274-261$167$22,021,0875Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$41,069164%210-15$196$66,896,6919Fox
14Snitch (2013)$38,209115%215-89$178$41,894,0878Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$35,761132%276-156$130$54,537,6999Weinstein Company
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,475123%154-26$165$55,511,02312Paramount
17Django Unchained$24,03150%126-57$191$162,634,47516Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$23,98933%107-73$224$25,378,7567Relativity Media
19Argo$18,056106%1720$105$135,947,70327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$63,879197%9333$687$599,2804Weinstein Company
2Not Today$38,643--41--$943$38,6431Freestyle Releasing
3From Up on Poppy Hill$23,03086%498$470$537,9685GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$23,00384%520$442$12,091,19152Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Impossible$18,346141%77-3$238$18,955,26517Lionsgate / Summit
6Emperor$15,4816%96-24$161$3,182,4466Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$15,11161%53-27$285$31,441,47110Open Road
8Parental Guidance$14,567160%90-20$162$77,080,79616Fox
9Dark Skies$12,088937%25-3$484$17,195,0228Weinstein / Dimension
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$8,912193%55-22$162$302,953,30118Warner Bros. / New Line
11Starbuck$8,09154%321$253$3,634,6114eOne Films US
12Dead Man Down$7,86736%94-52$84$10,860,7756FilmDistrict
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,7018%300$223$22,448,560106Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$5,061-18%13-3$389$96,0342CodeBlack Films
15Stoker$3,721-58%30-59$124$1,664,2047Fox Searchlight
16Settai$3,160104%15-18$211$64,5802UTV Motion Pictures
17Himmatwala$157-86%3-58$52$270,0663UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$13844%1-1$138$1,120,3858UTV Motion Pictures